Sergio Makes A Splash


Sergio is a penguin. Penguins like water. Sergio likes water, but not deep water. When his class takes a trip to the ocean, Sergio is afraid. He puts on all his water-safety gear ... but will he jump in.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids who are afraid of water will immediately connect with Sergio in this sweet, simply presented story about overcoming one's fears.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loved the story. Although she is a fish today, it was not all that long ago that she was afraid of water. She remembered her fears and talked to Sergio to encourage him to try to jump in.

Parent Reaction

This is a fun, sweet story. We wish we would have had it three years ago! Part of what makes it fun is that it is written simply enough that we are able to partner read. The story itself may be "behind her," but the reading level is not and it gave her encouragement all the same. We also like that Sergio decided to take it one step at a time. He wasn't "miraculously" cured of his fear of water after just one jump.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book story about a penguin who overcomes his fear of the water.
Educational Themes:

There are lots of ways to explore this book. You can talk about fear in general, fear of the water, and overcoming fear. Talk about personal safety (and water safety). What would have happened if Sergio jumped in (or was pushed in) without his floaties, etc.?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This book has great value and fun reading for toddlers, preschoolers, and emerging readers.

Title Sergio Makes a Splash
Author Edel Rodriguez
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2008
Illustrators Edl Rodriguez
ISBN 9780316066167
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Sports
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